Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day.
[2 Cor 4:16]
Let my soul beneath her load
Faint not through the o’erwearied flesh;
Let me hourly drink afresh
Love and peace from Thee, my God!
~ C. F. RICHTER ~
In my attempts to promote the comfort of my family, the quiet of my spirit has been disturbed. Some of this is doubtless owing to physical weakness; but, with every temptation, there is a way of escape; there is never any need to sin. Another thing I have suffered loss from,—entering into the business of the day without seeking to have my spirit quieted and directed. So many things press upon me, this is sometimes neglected; shame to me that it should be so.
This is of great importance, to watch carefully,—now I am so weak—not to over-fatigue myself, because then I cannot contribute to the pleasure of others; and a placid face and a gentle tone will make my family more happy than anything else I can do for them. Our own will gets sadly into the performance of our duties sometimes.
~ ELIZABETH T. KING ~
Advice About Advice
For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
Don’t believe everything you read, because many people with strong opinions are simply wrong. Take John B. Watson, for example. He was an American psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism. Watson wrote extensively about child rearing, and his advice was widely practiced in the 1920s. But today, with the passing of time, his approach is considered patently wrong. He said: “Never hug and kiss (children), never let them sit in your lap. If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say good night. Shake hands with them in the morning.” Our Lord’s approach was so much better as He took the little children in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10:16).
The Bible’s words are infallible, and Scripture gives us unfailing advice. As a result, those who love and ponder the Bible are more apt to give seasoned and sound advice. But no human being is infallible. So if you need counsel or advice concerning some issue in your life, ask your friends for counsel—then measure their words by the Bible itself. As you do so, the Lord will give you the needed wisdom.
As we trust God to give us wisdom for today’s decisions, He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us to be doing in the future.
~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~
“I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you,
[1 Thess 3:12]
Let love through all my conduct shine,
An image fair, though faint, of Thine;
Thus let me His disciple prove,
Who came to manifest Thy love.
~ Simon Browne ~
We should arrive at a fulness of love extending to the whole creation, a desire to impart, to pour out in full and copious streams the love and goodness we bear to all around us.
~ J. P. GREAVES ~
Goodness and love mould the form into their own image, and cause the joy and beauty of love to shine forth from every part of the face. When this form of love is seen, it appears ineffably beautiful, and affects with delight the inmost life of the soul.
~ E. SWEDENBORG ~
The soul within had so often lighted up her countenance with its own full happiness and joy, that something of a permanent radiance remained upon it.
~ SARAH W. STEPHEN ~
How great is your favor, which you store up for your loyal followers! In plain sight of everyone you bestow it on those who take shelter in you.
I will sing praises to the Lord when he vindicates me.
Thy calmness bends serene above
My restlessness to still;
Around me flows Thy quickening life,
To nerve my faltering will;
Thy presence fills my solitude;
Thy providence turns all to good.
~ S. LONGFELLOW ~
With a heart devoted to God and full of God, no longer seek Him in the heavens above or the earth beneath, or in the things under the earth, but recognize Him as the great fact of the universe, separate from no place or part, but revealed in all places and in all things and events, moment by moment. And as eternity alone will exhaust this momentary revelation, which has sometimes been called the ETERNAL Now, thou shalt thus find God ever present and ever new; and thy soul shall adore Him and feed upon Him in the things and events which each new moment brings; and thou shalt never be absent from Him, and He shall never be absent from thee.
~ T. C. UPHAM ~